I love discovering foods from different cultures. My main hurdle is that I don’t always know if I am preparing them correctly and prefer to have my first taste of an exotic dish be from one that was made by an expert. I recently had the opportunity to partner with a brand that creates authentic foods from different cultures that you can purchase in the freezer section of a store near you!
I participated in Mom Blog Tour Winter Fancy Food Show (#MomBlogTourFF) on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers. I received Saffron Road products to facilitate my review, but my opinions and the recipe are my own.
Saffron Road Frozen Meals are a little trip around the world without ever leaving your kitchen. They are made of only the best ingredients and then quickly frozen to maintain that fresh flavor. The founder of Saffron Road sought to create a brand that was halal certified, sustainably farmed, authentic, anti-biotic free, and 100% vegetarian fed, and all harvested on family-owned farms. The fish dishes all feature wild caught fish. Learn more about how the company came to be and the founder’s mission. I always maintain that food made with good ingredients just tastes better, and frankly Saffron Road proves my point with each of their entrees.
One of my favorites is the Masala Curry fish. I decided to share my chai recipe as an accompaniment since they do go well together. If you are not familiar with chai, it is basically an Indian spiced milk tea. Yes, you can absolutely buy the concentrate sold in the coffee and tea section of your grocery store, but I prefer to make my own for several reasons.
First of all, fresh is always better – at least in my opinion. You have less ingredients, no preservatives, and better flavor. Second, the store bought versions have a lot of sugar in them. A lot. I’m never a fan of super sweet drinks and prefer my own chai as it just has a hint of sweetness.
Is it hard to make your own chai? Not, not at all!
Homemade Chai Recipe
- 4 1/2 C water
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 one inch piece of fresh ginger
- 7 whole cardamom pods
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 10 whole cloves
- 5 black pepper corns
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp orange zest the orange part of the peel
- 10 black tea bags
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Bring the water to a rolling boil in a large saucepan.
Add the spices and tea bags.
Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.
Remove tea bags and strain (to remove spices, etc).
Stir in the brown sugar, honey and vanilla.
Stir until thoroughly combined.
When ready to drink, mix at least 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk. I actually prefer 2 parts concentrate with 1 part half-and-half.
Can be enjoyed hot or cold!!
Saffron Road offers a variety of frozen entrees and frozen bowls from several different cuisines. Try them all and let me know which ones are your favorites!!
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